USANA Health Sciences Review - Why Join Dr. Myron Wentz?

By: Jim Green

This commentary is a review of USANA Health Sciences, which is a network marketing company in Salt Lake City, Utah. USANA manufactures various products for weight control, personal care, and nutritional supplementation at its facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. USANA has distributors in fourteen markets: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, and the United States. Many people are considering to join USANA about the globe and many thousands have already joined either with a home business,as distributors or as customers.

The company’s four product brands are: USANA Nutritionals, USANA Foods, Sense Beautiful Science, and Rev3 Energy Drink. The term USANA is derived from Greek and Latin words meaning "true health."

Dr. Myron Wentz, who founded USANA, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in the field of microbiology with specialty in immunology. He is reknowned in the scientific community, having been awarded the Albert Einstein award in 2007, for his contribution to life sciences.

Preceding USANA, Dr. Wentz formed Gull Laoratories in 1974. Gull Laboratories is the world leader in diagnostic test kits. Gull has over 35 patents today and many of its kits are used in hospitals and clinics around the world. The best known kit, which put USANA on the map, is for the Epstein-Barr virus, or mononucleus. Gull Labs today creates billions of human cells and sustains them with nutritional formulations developed by Dr. Wentz.

Dr. Wentz’s goal statement is: “I dream of a world free from pain and suffering. I dream of a world free from disease. The USANA family will be the healthiest family on earth…” Having lost his father to a heart attack at age 17 and his mother to breast cancer while at Gull Labs, he became more passionate about avoiding disease vs. merely diagnostics. When his own health started to decline, his search for a nutritional product for himself resulted in the conclusion that a scientifically-based, effective formulation wasn’t obtainable on the market. In fact, he understood that if commercial product formulations were used with cell cultures in his lab, the cells would die within a week.

USANA employs over 900 people worldwide, including about 630 people at the corporate offices in Utah. The sales for the year 2008 were around $429 million.

The USANA Nutritionals were named the editor's choice when compared to 1500 other products in the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements and have achieved best of state awards in Utah for several years in both the nutritional (Best Dietary Supplement 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003) and personal care categories (Best Personal Care Products in 2008, 2007).

USANA is the official health supplement supplier of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, US Speedskating Team, Speed Skating Canada, Biathlon Canada, Cross Country Canada, USA Luge, and USA Bobsled Team Radcliff.

USANA’s stock symbol on the NASDAQ is USNA. The company was in the first 20 Forbes’ 200 Best Small Companies list for 2006, 2005, 2004 and in the Business Week 100 Hot Growth Companies list in 2004 and 2003.

USANA and Dr. Wentz chose a direct sale, or network marketing model from the company’s inception. This line of attack was chosen in order to offer a more competitive price to consumers and included a lofty goal of “legitimizing” the MLM business. At the recent 2009 International Convention in Salt Lake City, CNN Host Larry King made a surprise appearance. He questionned MLM industry authority Tim Sales about the network marketing industry’s legitimacy, effectiveness for people starting a home business, and correlation to various other recent events including the Bernie Madoff scam. Larry King was himself a victim of this rip-off and appeared “legitimately” startled to ascertain that MLM is, in fact, a very viable business model.

The USANA products have surely been beneficial to thousands of users. My own personal physical condition has benefited greatly in several areas, including less lower back pain and an improved immune system (virtually no flu or colds since starting to use the products in 2002).

The corporation has recognized over 150 million-dollar earners presently. The distributor payout is approximately 53% of net earnings, which is the highest of any public network marketing business. The company has earned the Distributor’s Choice award from for each of the last 10 years.

Network marketing is a proven business model and USANA Health Sciences would be an outstanding company to consider for anyone starting a home business venture. Initial cost is low, currently $29.95 for a distributor kit, and additional tools are readily accessible for worldwide marketing this business. The worst possible case would be for an individual to not be up to snuff at customer gathering and sales, yet to still gain an enhanced health profile in the process.

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Jim Green is a online business analyst who assists his clients to develop an effective MLM marketing system.

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